Duluth Grill

Written by K. Hart at www.casago.com
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It's been said that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. This can be said of the Duluth Grill.

The beloved eatery in Northern Minnesota has roots that go back to 1971 when it started as a 24-hour cafeteria called the Highway Host. 

Tom Hanson and his family purchased the now-defunct restaurant, The Duluth Grill Embers, in 2001. 

After a season of trial and error, Tom and his team distanced themselves from The Duluth Grill Embers chain and, in 2008, rebranded the eatery as Duluth Grill. 

One of the most significant turning points is they broke away from the previous menu and created something unique. Duluth Grill prides itself on its farm-to-table approach and serving made-from-scratch wholesome food.

Tom and his wife, Jaima, have expanded their culinary reach by purchasing vacant lots and opening new restaurants, such as the Burger Paradox.

During its 1,000-mile trek, Duluth Grill has remained committed to providing high-quality food and service to its patrons, one step at a time. 


Entering the Duluth Grill is like stepping into a warm, welcoming home of a dear friend. The atmosphere radiates a sense of community and camaraderie, where everyone from families to solo diners can find a comfortable spot to enjoy their meal. 

The restaurant's décor is charming and rustic, reflecting its Northern Minnesota roots.

One distinctive feature of Duluth Grill is its commitment to a farm-to-table ethos. This philosophy is evident in everything from the fresh, locally sourced ingredients that make up their dishes to the friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to recommend a dish or explain its ingredients.

There's always a buzz, whether you're dining indoors or enjoying the outdoor seating area. It's the sound of friends catching up, families celebrating, and visitors discovering the delicious flavors of the Duluth area. The energy here is contagious, inviting you to sit, relax, and savor every bite.

The Duluth Grill reflects the power of community, the importance of sustainable food practices, and the joy of sharing good food with good company. Visiting here on your Twin Ports getaway, you'll feel like part of the family where every bite is a celebration of life.

Duluth Grill: Menu & Drinks 

Duluth Grill's menu offers a diverse array of dishes, each one showcasing the restaurant's commitment to fresh, local, and organic ingredients.

One dish that stands out is the fish tacos, which are an explosion of flavor. The fish is perfectly cooked and, tender and succulent. Coupled with fresh toppings, it's a delightful experience for the taste buds. 

For breakfast enthusiasts, the Huevos Rancheros Skillet is a must-try. This dish offers a hearty and flavorful start to your day, combining traditional elements like beans and eggs with a unique twist. It's a breakfast that promises to leave you satisfied and ready for whatever the day brings.

Another crowd favorite is the burrito bowl. This classic dish is elevated with high-quality ingredients and masterful preparation. An adventure of textures and flavors, the burrito bowl will impress even the most discerning palate. 

For drinks, the Duluth Grill offers a range of specialty beverages that perfectly complement their dishes. Whether you're in the mood for a refreshing iced tea or a warming cup of locally roasted coffee, you'll find something to quench your thirst and delight your senses.

Local Tips

  • Arrive early, especially on weekends, as the restaurant gets busy and there might be a wait.
  • Don't miss out on the various vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Check out their Facebook page for updates on new menu items or special promotions.
  • If you're in town for a while, try their breakfast - it's served all day!
  • Ask the staff for recommendations. They're friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to help you find the perfect dish.
  • Save room for dessert. Their homemade pies are legendary! 


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